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Sweet Potato Vine

Ipomoea x batatas
Vines

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Ipomoea x batatas

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Ipomoea x batatas Plant Information

Classification  
   
Scientific Name: Ipomoea x batatas
Common Name: sweet potato vine
Family: Convolvulaceae
Suggested Uses: annuals, beds & borders, container plantings, hanging baskets
   
Characteristics  
   
Plant Form: spreading, cascading
Height: 6 - 12 inches
Spread: depends on structure
Foliage: aggressive vine with heart-shaped or deeply lobed leaves

foliage color ranges from purple or maroon to bright chartreuse
Flower: flowers are not the primary ornamental value

small, pink or purple, funnel-shaped flowers that are rarely seen in regions where the plant dies back seasonally
   
Environment  
   
Sun: light shade - full sun
Water: medium water requirement
Soil: prefers well-drained soil

adaptable
Heat Tolerance: high heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 9 - 11
Native Range: American tropics
   
Care  
   
Maintenance: rapid growth rate

occasionally prune to keep growth in check

propagation by stem cuttings
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to nematodes, root rot, sweet potato weevils, and leaf insects

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